Roundup: Gifts for the Holiday Party Host

Your holiday party host has expended a lot of effort getting everything ready, and it's only fair to thank him or her with a thoughtful and practical gift. You can always make one, but the time-crunched and sewing-challenged might prefer this range of options.

While personal preference varies, I myself like how the French do it: they pretty much always bring something for the host regardless of the size of the gathering. Flowers and wine are always good options, but there are many reasonably priced, useful alternatives. Most of the gift included here are between $10 and $20. Additionally, while a few suggestions are seasonal, nothing puts too heavy an emphasis on the "holiday" timing...because you want to give something that will be used more than one month of the year.

TOP ROW
1. Lemons tea towel by Dear Colleen at To Dry For, £10 (about $15)
2. 3-pack of pocket calendars by Sandra Juto, $8 (You could spread these out to make a small, individual gift that could accompany a bottle of wine, et cetera.)
3. Set of 8 organic shea butter soaps by Lucia, $17.95
4. State cutting boards by AHeirloom, $40
5. Annual Vol. 4 Weekly Planner by Little Otsu, $18

SECOND ROW
6. Alyson Fox for Ink Dish mug gift set from Velocity Art and Design, $25 (for 2)
7. Ornament coasters by Rock Paper Scissors, $8.50 (for a set of 12)
8. Mermaid bottle opener from Fishs Eddy, $14.95 (She could be a good gift from the discerning bringer of a 6-pack.)
9. Soapstone whiskey rocks from Teroforma, $20 (for set of 9)
10. Lumiimarja paper napkins by Marimekko at FinnStyle, $5.95 (lunch size) or $9.50 (dinner size)

THIRD ROW
11. Sweater weather candles from Anthropologie, $18
12. Lumimarja oven mitt by Marimekko, $19
13. Lantern salt and pepper shakers by Jonathan Adler, $48
14. 2011 desk calendar by Snow & Graham, $16
15. Chevron 4"x6" picture frames at Burke Decor, $32

BOTTOM ROW
16. Flourish coasters by Thomas Paul, from Burke Decor, $16 (for a set of 4)
17. Ice Invaders tray by Fred and Friends, $6.44
18. Chicken timer by Pylones, $10
19. Beeswax pine cone candles by PeaceBlossomCandles, $10 (for a set of 4)
20. Donation of a flock of chicks through Heifer International, $20

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Kim has been sharing creative projects and ideas as a Contributor to Apartment Therapy since 2010. Her writing highlights stylish, budget-friendly solutions to common household problems. Kim is a fluent French speaker and a houseplant enthusiast.

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